Wednesday, August 16, 2017

BOOK REVIEW: BETWEEN LIES BY ALISON L. PERRY


BETWEEN LIES (The In-Between Series, Book 2)
BY: ALISON L PERRY

PUBLISHED: July 31st 2017 by Alison L. Perry Books, LLC

GENRES: Vampires, Fantasy, Mystery, Suspense, Romance, High School, YA - Young Adult, 14+ age

RATING: 5 STARS




OVERVIEW:
Sadie Criswel is a teenage vampire misfit who can’t do anything right. After flunking out of University, where she couldn’t keep up with her vampire peers, she’s persuaded her parents to let her try human high school, where she hopes to better fit in. 

Now attending Jefferson High, Sadie makes new friends… and foes. To thwart a new set of mean girls, she accidentally ends up running for Homecoming queen. And though she’s still dating Kade, from University, Jefferson’s resident bad boy catches her eye. But her new school adventure raises more questions about her existence. Why does her science teacher look so much like her vampire boyfriend? Why does her previous vampire teacher follow her to Jefferson High? And why does Harper, her new close friend, seem so familiar yet have so many secrets of her own? 

After Pen, a member of the Firsts, reveals important clues about why Sadie is different from other vampires, pieces of the puzzle fall into place. But it’s not until real danger confronts Sadie and Harper that they realize their past and present are tied together, raising the biggest question of all: Who can Sadie trust? 


REVIEW:
I was SO excited when I saw Alison was releasing the sequel. I fell in love with book one, Caught In Between. My hands were ITCHING to get ahold of a copy.



My husband laughed at me, I looked like I had just won the Olympic Trials. 


If you haven't read Caught In Between, then stop reading this NOW and go get a copy here: AMAZON (CAUGHT IN BETWEEN) and then come back. 

Now that housekeeping is done, let's get into the fun stuff. Book two starts off with Sadie's first day in human school. It is tough enough to start a new school, but having to deal with unruly fangs... oh, the joy. Then, the "it" girls go after her... in a "good" way at first, then they turn on her very quickly. For those in school, and those of us who survived it, we ALL know THOSE girls. Everything you do, say or imply gets twisted and turned on you. 


Sadie's troubles from her old school prepared her well for dealing with these pests. Her reaction to take them down off their high horses had me waving hands yelling, "preach it, girl!" 


Alison did a wonderful job of weaving the story lines and integrating new twists into the plot. Pen makes a return and drops some serious cliffhanger clues that left Sadie (and me) frustrated and nervous. She was so cryptic.... granted she is a thousands-year-old vampire... but still. Give the girl a break.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Jennifer Armentrout Tour - Germany, Italy and Netherlands! 

Here are Jennifer Armentrout's Germany, Italy, and Netherlands tour dates for October 2017! These are pretty final. Some do require tickets. Best to check with the publishers!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

UPCOMING RELEASE! SNEAK PEEK AT WOLVES & ROSES



WOLVES AND ROSES 
(Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, BOOK 1)
BY: CHRISTINA BAUER

EXPECTED RELEASE DATE: 
October 31st 2017 by Monster House Books, LLC

GENRES: Fairy Tale Retelling • Fantasy • Fiction • Romance • Suspense • Tough Female Lead • Wit/Humor • Mystery

MY RATING OF SNEAK PEEK SECTION: 5 STARS 

This is snarky fun at its best. I am SO intrigued by this spin on fairy tales! 
You can get a FREE sneak peek of the highly anticipated new Tales of the Magicorum by Christina Bauer, author of the bestselling Angelbound and Beholder series! 

Seventeen-year-old Bryar Rose has a problem. She’s descended from one of the three magical races—shifters, fairies, or witches. That makes her one of the Magicorum, and Magicorum always follow a fairy tale life template. In Bryar’s case, that template should be Sleeping Beauty.

“Should” being the key word.

Trouble is, Bryar is nowhere near the sleeping beauty life template. Not even close. She doesn’t like birds or woodland creatures. She can’t sing. And she certainly can’t stand Prince Philpot, the so-called “His Highness of Hedge Funds” that her aunties want her to marry. Even worse, Bryar’s having recurring dreams of a bad boy hottie and is obsessed with finding papyri from ancient Egypt. What’s up with that?

All Bryar wants is to attend a regular high school with normal humans and forget all about shifters, fairies, witches, and the curse that Colonel Mallory the Magnificent placed on her. And she might be able to do just that--if only she can just keep her head down until her eighteenth birthday when the spell that’s ruined her life goes buh-bye.

But that plan gets turned upside down when Bryar Rose meets Knox, the bad boy who’s literally from her dreams. Knox is a powerful werewolf, and his presence in her life changes everything, and not just because he makes her knees turn into Jell-O. If Bryar can’t figure out who—or what—she really is, it might cost both her and Knox their lives… as well as jeopardize the very nature of magic itself.
 


GET YOUR COPY HERE:

AMAZON:
 
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BARNES & NOBLE: https://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/wolves-and-roses-esampler-christina-bauer/1126612173;jsessionid=32A39E9A6A9FD32446F022F67C661701.prodny_store01-atgap07?ean=9781945723186&st=AFF&2sid=Goodreads,%20Inc_2227948_NA&sourceId=AFFGoodreads,%20IncM000004

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hey West Coast! Beth Revis is coming SUNDAY to COMIC CON!

 BETH REVIS IS AT 
 

Beth is happy to announce that she will be a guest at San 
Diego Comic Con this year! She presenting on Sunday with a rockstar group of panelists and there will be a signing afterwards. If you're there, please stop by! She will also have a special gift for the first five people in her signing line, so don't miss out!

Monday, June 19, 2017

Reading Music

Simply being loved, loved, loved. Is more than enough. Somnambulist (Simply Being Loved) by BT

#ThanksAileenErin #BooksRecommendMusic #Music2Read2 #ReReadYourFavoriteSeries

Thursday, May 04, 2017

ARC REVIEW! ROAR BY CORA CARMACK



ROAR (STORMHEART SERIES, #1)

BY: Cora Carmack



RELEASE DATE: June 13th 2017 by Tor Teen



ACQUIRED BY: ARC copy by Cora Carmack given at Apollycon Convention



GENRES: Young Adult / YA • High Fantasy • Paranormal • Romance • Action • Suspense • Courts & Crowns 



RATING: 5 STARS



OVERVIEW:

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage. 

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough. 

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.




REVIEW:

I needed a defibrillator because my heart stopped while reading this book. Captivating. Alluring. Layered. Dynamic. Polished. Cora pulled out all the stops to deliver a masterful high fantasy novel. Her world she built enveloped me with its depth and richness. Cora wrapped the reader up in her highly developed mythology, characters and storyline. The novel was so moving that my heart was pulled frommy chest and now rests within her mighty pen. I must say, I had a small panic attack knowing that I was reading an ARC, which meant it would be THAT MUCH LONGER till I had resolution with book two's release. 





I've always loved Cora's books. This was a vivid departure from her normal writing style but it was brilliant. You know that I find it rare for an author to have a solid range.... first to third person, contemporary to fantasy. Cora has become a standard of all around perfection for all authors to aspire to. Third person has never been the most personal point of view in my opinion, but Cora sucked me into the characters just like with her first person writing skills. 



The writing was so polished, so tight. Cora's air tight (haha... get that..) mythology was bewitching. She really held the right balance of information and disseminating that throughout the book. Cora never gave away too much or too little. Her world building was on point. Some authors leave you wondering with questions about the kind of era or type of dress, but Cora filled in all the blanks, but still gave the reader room to imagine.




Aurora (Rora/Roar) was a fabulous Main Character. I love that she had faults and fears that reflected in her actions and interactions. Rora was real, tangible and organic. As you all know, my number one criteria in reviewing a book is character development. ( I sound like I'm beating a dead horse about that...) Roar had it in SPADES. It felt like watching plants spring and open up in those fast forward videos you see. It was that visceral.





As a weather geek, I loved the idea of being able to control storms, to use magic to do so is the icing on the cake. The idea of carrying the heart of the storm around in your pocket, or jewelry... brilliant. However, Cora adds even more dimension to the idea that will shock and delight the reader.





Romance writing has always been a balancing act. Many lean too much one way or the other and end up face planting. Cora's books have always been perfectly centered. Roar is no exception. The relationship is organic and tangible. Not to mention as delectable as chocolate fudge cake and as hot as my homemade chili. (Hubby likes spicy food best when they make him sweat... masochist...) 

I loved getting to know Aurora. She was like a sweet onion.... you kept peeling back layer after layer. Better yet... she was like Baklava. Sweet, yet had some bite... yet fragile at the same time.  Aurora encapsulated everything you'd want in a heroine. She was not perfect, yet she had a core strength that was uncovered throughout the book.







I can imagine the struggles she went through, covering up what she thought was a defect. Hiding because people wouldn't have accepted her for who she was, not who they wanted her to be. This book is truly a journey in many ways for her. Aurora learns much about herself and grows into her own skin. It was an amazing journey and one you will DEFINITELY want to take with her.





I can't stress enough how much I loved this book. Absolute perfection wrapped up in a GORGEOUS cover. A must read.